Your New $12 Black-on-Black Watch: The Casio MQ24-1E

A black Casio watch on wrist

When it comes to men’s style, you often pay extra for modern design. Before they became ubiquitous at stores in the mall, if you wanted a slim, tailored fit in your clothing you had to dish out the dough. The same is true now for refined boots like the Wolverine 1000 Mile or any of Red Wing’s line up: If you want on-point design, you’re going to have to pay for it.

That’s why when I come across items that fly in the face of that I get really, really excited. Case in point: The Casio MQ24-1E. A dashing black on black, thin, minimalist watch that’ll only run you 12 bucks, with free shipping on Amazon Prime.

The watch case and dial window are a tough resin, with a sleek rubber strap. Powered by Casio’s rugged quartz movement and weighing in at a paltry 4.54 grams, this watch looks and performs like it should cost much, much more.

The gold-tone hands and dial markers really add a sharp, modern style, usually only found in watches starting above $100.

If you’re looking for a sleek, minimalist watch, there’s no reason to pay more. As always, don’t take my word for it: The Casio MQ24-1E has over 1,200 reviews on Amazon with a 4 star average.

Pick up the Casio MQ24-1E on Amazon.

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Andrew Snavely

Andrew founded Primer in 2008 and brings 15+ years of men's style expertise. Known for his practical, relatable approach to style and self-development, he has been a recognized speaker at conferences and has styled work for top brands. Off-duty, he loves photography & editing, and enjoys road trips with his dog, Leela. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, educated in DC, and living in LA for nearly 20 years, Andrew's diverse experiences shape the relatable and real-world advice that has helped millions through Primer. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.